Thinking outside the box – Optician

I used to have perfect vision….. used to have. Because lately I found myself readjusting the font sizes on my screen to bigger fonts more then once (Windows: CTRL +, Mac: CMD +) and so I decided to have my vision checked.

Walking into the optician on a whim I asked for a test.
[optician] What is your reason for wanting a test, are you experiencing problems?
[me] Lately I seem to have trouble reading the finer fonts on my screen sometimes. I have to enlarge them, never had to do that before…
[optician] Ok, how many hours a day do you sit behind your pc?
[me] Ehhh….. not sure, do smartphone, and iPad count too? 
[optician] Yes
[me] Pretty much all day except when I sleep, run or eat then….
[optician] Ok, well then we’re finished. Limit your time behind the screen to 6 hours a day max and all your problems will go away!

Lol, ok now this was not the answer I expected, especially considering that my work alone requires me to spend at least 8 hours a day to look at a screen, but she explained to me that looking at something so close as a computer screen requires your eyes to constantly focus, tiring them out, causing my problems. She tested my eyes and well apart from a very light adjustment they are actually really good (normally I would not require any glasses). Seeing however that I’m not likely to limit my ‘screen habit’ (as she called it) she proceeded in measuring me with glasses.

Now after all the usual checks, she took away the eye machine and the vision cards, walked out, got her laptop put me behind it and asked me to open a site where I had had problems reading the fonts. She then put on the test glasses again and tested to see whether it would actually make a difference. It did! She then proceeded with the same tests while I was watching the laptop, changing glasses to see what would work best and finding that up close to the screen I really needed stronger glasses then when I was using the vision cards. She explained that by slightly overcompensating the glasses my eyes would have to do less, making them less tired and more likely to hold out. As long as I would take some more ‘down’ time too.

I love this. She completely thought out of the box. In stead of telling me to bugger off or sell me glasses just for the sake of it she actually analyzed my problem, adjusted the testing to fit my personal circumstances and gave me some pretty good advice!

So they are ordered now and I’m curious to see if they are going to help me with my eyes. At the same time though I’m also going to try to limit my ‘screen habit’ a bit. Who knows, maybe I should take up yoga like she suggested on the way out 🙂

ps. Don’t they look nice? Feel like a proper school teacher in these!->

The machine?

To rebel against the system doesn’t necessarily always mean ‘refusing to do it‘ as long as it means ‘doing it consciously‘. Social Business is like that.  It doesn’t necessarily mean changing everything you are used to do but it does mean doing what you do as a conscious individual. An individual that realizes it has the power, ability and responsibility to leverage, to transform, to improve and if necessary to even leave.

So is it really the ‘system’ that is holding us back in making our workplace a truly Social Environment or is it our own perception of what we think being a good employee is? Do we expect the companies to lead us into the social age or should in fact we shed our often self-imposed role as a quiet, diligent and opinionless workforce and take our companies by the hand and show them what social can really mean?

Luis Suarez writes in his last blog how employees have far to long been seen as mere ‘resources’. He is right but is it just the companies task to start recognizing us as intelligent living beings or should we in fact ourselves first start realizing what our intrinsic value is?

After all isn’t it really our own perception with which we empower the system and not the machine that has been holding us back in becoming truly social all along?

 ‘When they give you lined paper, write the other way’ – Juan Ramón Jiménez